Our third annual TEDx event will be held on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The theme of this year’s event is Build a Better Community. The event is free but pre-registration is required.


The live talks for this event include:

    Michael Albert has served as the Executive Director of the United Way of Monroe County since 2015. He has worked in the education and health sectors in countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Mali, Malaysia, Liberia, Haiti and Thailand. He holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a master’s degree from the University of Oslo. Before coming to work in Monroe County he served as the Director of Foundations and Public Partnerships for Right To Play — an international not-for-profit organization using sports and play to educate and empower children facing adversity.
    Nathan Johnson is a family physician in practice here in Monroe County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also serves a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. His work in the Navy has taken him around the world, including posts in “blue zone” communities known for health and longevity, such as Okinawa and parts of Italy. His talk will examine what makes a community a blue zone, including the community of Roseto, Pennsylvania, a former blue zone.
    Amy Leiser is the Executive Director of the Monroe County Historical Association and has been with the organization for 19 years. She advanced through the positions in the organization starting as their Museum Assistant, then Curator, and then became the Executive Director in 2005. She is also a freelance writer for the Pocono Record and Pocono Living Magazine and has written over 100 articles on local history. She is active with many community organizations including the Rotary, Daughters of the American Revolution – Jacob Stroud Chapter, and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She earned both her bachelor and master degrees in history from East Stroudsburg University.
    Debra Scocozza is the Chief Operating Officer of Fitzmaurice Community Services and has worked in the behavioral health field for over 25 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kean University and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Seton Hall University. Fitzmaurice Community Services is an organization that has been working for over 50 years with adults with behavioral health and developmental disabilities and their families. Deb’s talk will examine the far reaching positive effects of an inclusive community.
    Michael Tukeva is the Executive Director of the Pocono Alliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master’s degree from Lehigh University. The Pocono Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to one important goal: to provide essential services and resources for people who need it most. From promoting early childhood screenings and education, guiding individuals in need to find resources to improve their lives, or helping those in poverty take control of their future, Pocono Alliance is determined to help Monroe County become a community of self-sufficiency, strength, and pride. To that end, it works to break the cycle of poverty, empower the powerless, and impact future generations.

Our program moderator is Chuck Seese, the morning host at WSBG FM, the Poconos #1 morning radio program. Chuck Seese also serves as the radio voice of the East Stroudsburg University football program, announcing Warrior football games for over 25 years. He is a proud ESU alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in media communications.

Video Crew
Thanks to faculty and students from the Digital Technologies department of East Stroudsburg University for recording and producing videos for this year’s event. The crew is led by Adrian Wehmeyer, Assistant Professor at ESU, and students in the Digital Technologies program.

Music for the event will be performed by members of the Pocono Youth Orchestra.

  • Our second annual TEDx event was held on October 8th, 2016. The theme of the 2016 program was education. CLICK HERE to view videos of the 2016 talks.
  • Our first TEDx event was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015. CLICK HERE to view the speakers at the 2015 conference.